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This collection predominately consists of a Civil War diary by James Potts. Legibility of the copy of the diary is limited given that it is a xeroxed black and white copy.

The cover of the diary says, “Romance of the War by James N. Potts [illegible] Commissary [illegible] Book Commencing Dec. 12th, 1861 Hunter’sville, Va, Pocahontas Co., Virginia”. The first thirty-one pages consist of a ledger tracking provisions for 1861-1862. In order, the contents after are as follows: recipes, ciphers or “enigmas”, journal entries from 1861 to 1867, an 1869 letter to the editor of the “Herald” from Williamsville, VA, journal entries, letter copies (one dated 1877), poetry, more journal entries for 1881 and 1882, a ledger of household goods, and more poetry.

Also included in the collection is a 1906 letter from J. T. Byrd in Williamsville, VA, regarding events that occurred when Potts and Byrd served together in the war. In the same folder is a clipping of the obituary for Campbell Neel, who donated the papers.


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For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Dates: 1861-1906